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Demonstrating his skill as a top-notch comedian, Miller glides effortlessly through this audiobook with perfect emphasis and expression. Whether he's contemplating the loss of heroic art, facing dreadful foot massages, debating the concept of sequels or bemoaning the loss of a dishwasher, Miller winds his comedic and rambling essays through a series of hoops, often building to a cathartic albeit humorous climax that leaves listeners looking beyond the humor. The core of this audiobook is Miller's aspiration for authenticity. The sincerity of his words cannot be understated when he takes a more serious tone in these essays expressing why he is outraged at everyday life. Unfortunately, this abridgement denies listeners the enjoyment of all 17 essays and the second to last piece proves a disappointing choice. This elaboration of his famous "five levels of drinking" falls flat compared to his other pieces. The final short chapter capitalizes on a running gag throughout the book, ending on a good note. Simultaneous release with the Regan hardcover (Nov.)Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.